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Picasso, Dali face off at India Art Summit

art-and-culture Updated: Feb 10, 2011 12:44 IST
Amrah Ashraf
Amrah Ashraf
Hindustan Times
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Imagine spotting a Salvador Dali master piece hung rather innocuously on a wall. Now, imagine a Picasso hung on the adjacent wall. Which one would you rather gawk at in amazement? That was the predicament most people felt when they saw Dali and Picasso in a visual face off at the India Art Summit.

The third edition of India Art Summit boasts of some of the greatest names art has ever seen and one such exhibitionist, Frankfurt-based Die Galerie caught everyone's attention. Not only was Dali's Le Yunk et les Yank on display but the adjacent wall saw three paintings by Picasso from Scene de Tauromachie VIII.

Peter Femfert, founder of the 32-year-old Frankfurt-based Die Galerie, is the man behind this alluring exhibit. In India for the first time, his stall holds probably the most expensive and exclusive of all collections. If you thought modern art legends like Picasso, Masson and Ernst were enough to leave you gasping in disbelief, Die Galerie also showcases contemporary art stalwarts like Stelzmann, Holtz, Klinge and Zylla amongst others.

Femfert, a sharp looking German, expressed his pleasure at being in India and said, "Art culture in India is fast developing and I feel that the Indian market is very interesting. This year we've got some of the biggest names in art like Picasso, Mason, Dali amongst others. Indian economy is booming and it makes sense to come here."

Apart from Die Galerie, the work from Indian Modernists is going to be another clear favourite. Who can forget the likes of S.H. Raza and F.N. Souza. Usually the most sought after in India, most connoisseurs believe that their art is also the safest investment at least for the Indian market. Though, sadly visitors will not be able to see MF Hussian’s work. His work was pulled out on Thursday citing security concerns.

The India Art Summit: 21-23 January 2011.